Changing name of Aurangzeb Road 'totally illegal, unjustified': Legalists
New Delhi, 29 Aug 2015: The decision of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation to change the Aurangzeb Road as Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Road is "totally illegal, unjustified, arbitrary and against our constitutional ethos," said Justice Rajindar Sachar and other eminent legalists a short while ago. "It appears to be guided by not reason and law but by narrow communal consideration," said Justice Sachar, veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar and Delhi High Court lawyer ND Pancholi in a joint statement of Citizens For Democracy.
"Citizens For Democracy, ‘CFD' in short, is shocked that the New Delhi Municipal council, NDMC in short, has decided to rename the ‘Aurangzeb Road' in New Delhi as the ‘Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road'. The said decision is totally illegal, unjustified arbitrary and against our constitutional ethos. It appears to be guided by not reason and law but by narrow communal consideration," they said.
They alleged that BJP has long been trying to change the name of Aurangzeb Road.
"It is well known that a section in BJP has long been agitating to change the name of Aurangzeb Road to some other names but it each time this proposal has failed," they said and offered as an example some previous attempts of BJP.
"For example in October 2014 BJP had requested NDMC to rename the name of ‘Aurangzeb Road' to ‘Guru Tegh Bahadur Singh Road' but it was not allowed. On 17th December, 2014 Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, Minister of State for Home Affairs, made a statement on behalf of the Home Ministry that Aurangzeb Road could not be renamed since the policy is not to rename any road named after a historical figure."
"Thus as per guidelines of the government, the name of the ‘Aurangzeb Road' cannot be changed. The memory of Dr. Abdul Kalam could have been better served by building a scientific or educational institute under his name."
They demanded the NDMC to immediately withdraw the decision and not to take any step for implementing the said decision.
A notice in this respect has already been sent to the concerned authorities on behalf of the Citizens For Democracy.
Citizens For Democracy is headed by Kuldip Nayar while Adv. N.D. Pancholi is General Secretary.